“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things
he possessed was his own, but they had all
things in common.” (Acts 4:32)
The early believers were of one heart and one soul. They were unified together for a common purpose, not compelled, but loving one another. In Genesis 11:6, the people began to build a tower. God said that because they were unified, nothing would be withheld from them. Was God threatened by their tower? Were the people whom He created going to storm heaven’s gates and take over the place? Hardly. They were determined to do evil and God wanted them stopped before he would have to judge the earth once again. They were unified. They were unstoppable — except by God.
Jesus said – “…if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”” (Matthew 18:19–20) Christians are unstoppable in their work for good.
In speaking of unity, Paul said – “…walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1–3)
Whenever there was a need in the early church, they shared the burden among themselves. Later, Paul would qualify this by setting standards so people would not take advantage of kind-hearted believers, but this did not mitigate the need to provide for others.
David said – “O Lord our God, all this abundance … is from Your hand, and is all Your own.” (1 Chronicles 29:16). James tells us that every perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17). Paul said “For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)
The early church seems to have taken the approach that everything they had was on loan from God. They may have worked hard for it, but God gave them the skill or the strength to do it. Therefore, any profit from the labor is His. When we are generous, we are being like God, who freely gives us all things. (Romans 8:32) Giving to others is a way of giving back to God — it’s all His anyway. Let’s continue to generously take care of our church and one another.